Stay What You Are

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Stay What You Are
Studio album by Saves the Day
Released July 10, 2001
Recorded 2001
Genre Emo, pop punk
Length 33:33
Label Vagrant
Producer Rob Schnapf
Saves the Day chronology
Through Being Cool
Stay What You Are
In Reverie
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk (93%)[1]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
DecoyMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Punknews 4.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[5]
ultimate-guitar 5/5 stars[6]

Stay What You Are is the third album release from the American emo band Saves the Day, released in 2001. At the time of the recording, Saves The Day consisted of Chris Conley, Dave Soloway, Ted Alexander, Eben D'Amico and Bryan Newman and was produced by Rob Schnapf who previously produced Elliott Smith and Beck. The album was a shift from the band's previous power chord-based sound and featured more intricate guitar work and arrangements. While on tour the band got into a van accident that almost ended the band's career. The van accident was somewhat of an inspiration for the band's songwriting for the album deals with death, love, suicide, materialism, self-discovery, and loneliness. The band gained some exposure with the single "At Your Funeral", which the video featured a creative way of motion control, similar to Requiem for a Dream. The band also released the single "Freakish", with the video featuring Muppet-esque puppets. In April 2002. Stay What You Are reached number 100 on the Billboard 200 albums chart[7] and is the band's best selling album selling over 300,000 copies in the U.S.. In the years since its release Stay What You Are is widely regarded as a classic and a highly influential piece of music for the emo and pop punk genres.[8]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "At Your Funeral" – 3:09
  2. "See You" – 2:08
  3. "Cars & Calories" – 2:45
  4. "Certain Tragedy" – 2:27
  5. "Jukebox Breakdown" – 3:04
  6. "Freakish" – 3:47
  7. "As Your Ghost Takes Flight" – 2:25
  8. "Nightingale" – 3:36
  9. "All I'm Losing Is Me" – 3:22
  10. "This Is Not an Exit" – 3:56
  11. "Firefly" – 2:51